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Read online Does It Matter?.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Does It Matter? This is a series of essays representing philosopher Alan Watts s most recent thinking on the astonishing problems of man s relations to his material environment The basic theme is that civilized man confuses symbol with reality his ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself and thus puts himself into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner .

Thus with his attention locked upon numbers and concepts man is increasingly unconscious of nature and of his total dependence upon air water plants animals insects and bacteria He has been hallucinated into the notion that the so called external world is a cluster of objects separate from himself that he encounters it that he comes into it instead of out of it Consequently our species is fouling its own nest and is in imminent danger of self obliteration .

Here a philosopher whose works have been mainly concerned with mysticism and Oriental philosophy gets down to the nitty gritty problems of economics technology clothing cooking and housing by Alan W. Watts

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Does It Matter?
Title:Does It Matter?
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Number of Pages:140
Category:Philosophy, Non fiction, Spirituality, Buddhism, Psychology, Zen
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The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life The title essay on cosmic consciousness includes the author s account of his own ventures into this inward realm Instinct Intelligence amp Anxiety is a study of the paradoxes of self consciousness Spiritually amp Sensuality a lively discussion of the false opposition of spirit amp matter amp The New Alchemy a balanced account of states of consciousness akin to spiritual experience induced by the aid of lysergic acid The collection also includes the text of Watts celebrated pamphlet Beat Zen Square Zen amp Zen, Life exists only at this very moment and in this moment it is infinite and eternal For the present moment is infinitely small before we can measure it it has gone and yet it exists forever You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now but you cannot be for you are life and exist Now from i Become What You Are i br br br br In this collection of writings including nine new chapters never before available in book form Watts displays the intelligence playfulness of thought and simplicity of language that has made him so perennially popular as an interpreter of Eastern thought for Westerners He draws on a variety of religious traditions and covers topics such as the challenge of seeing one s life just as it is the Taoist approach to harmonious living the limits of language in the face of ineffable spiritual truth and the psychological symbolism of Christian thought, Over the course of nineteen essays Alan Watts ruminates on the philosophy of nature ecology aesthetics religion and metaphysics Assembled in the form of a mountain journal written during a retreat in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais CA i Cloud Hidden Whereabouts Unknown i is Watts s meditation on the art of feeling out and following the watercourse way of nature known in Chinese as the Tao Embracing a form of contemplative meditation that allows us to stop analyzing our experiences and start living in to them the book explores themes such as the natural world established religion race relations karma and reincarnation astrology and tantric yoga the nature of ecstasy and much more, In order to come to your senses Alan Watts often said you sometimes need to go out of your mind Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West this celebrated author former Anglican priest and self described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India Now with Out of Your Mind Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives you are invited to immerse yourself in of this legendary thinker s pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us Carefully selected from hundreds of recordings by Alan Watts son and archivist Mark Watts Out of Your Mind brings you six complete seminars that capture the true scope of this brilliant teacher in action On these superb digitally restored recordings you will delve into Alan Watts favorite pathways out of the trap of conventional awareness including The art of the controlled accident what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity How we come to believe the myth of myself that we are skin encapsulated egos separate from the world around us and how to transcend that illusion Why we must fully embrace chaos and the void to find our deepest purpose Unconventional and refreshing insights into the deeper principles of Buddhism Hinduism and Western philosophy plus much much moreWhether you re completely new to Alan Watts or familiar with his work here is a rare opportunity to experience him at his best improvising brilliantly before a live audience on Out of Your Mind Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives